Practical Uses of Math and Science

NASA offers lots of real-life examples of the practical uses of math and science topics that are taught in elementary school. They also accept your one-page submissions of new examples. So next time you wonder why in the world anybody has to learn such-and-such you just might find an answer here.
Topics include clouds (why they float), social security benefits (algebra), Pythagorean theorem (cabinet corners), ice sheets and sea level, logarithms, matching birthdays (statistics), natural selection and a scavenger hunt, photons, traffic signals (probability), seasons (causes), volcanic clouds, wind chill (algebra), and more.

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